Local residents should be aware that our system of weights and measures has recently changed.

No, I am not referring to the metric system. I am referring to the modified American system.

For example, I recently went to the grocery store to purchase a 5-pound bag of sugar. I grabbed the bag, placed it in the cart, paid for it and went home. At home, it felt a little light. I read the label: 4 pounds.

Since when does sugar come in a 4-pound bag?

A few days later, I picked up a bag of Classic turkey stuffing. I got home and read the label: Net Wt. 12 oz. I had an older bag in the pantry and looked at that label: Net Wt. 14 oz.

OK, it was the holidays, and I didn’t have time for the petty stuff.

Later, I went back to the grocery store for one last item, Pixies. It was a great deal: buy one box, get another free. I bought it.

When I got home, I read the label: 14 oz. It was not 16 oz., as was the case for 50 years.

By the way, the prices did not go down—only the weight.

Must be new math!

Ann Carmody